Las Vegas shooting: Special education teacher, Navy war veteran, nurse who shielded wife among those killed – ABC News
Ten of the victims who died in a mass shooting in Las Vegas Sunday night have been identified.
Among the at least 58 who were killed in the attack include a registered nurse from Tennessee, a school worker in New Mexico and at least six victims from California, among them a war veteran, a school worker, a special education teacher, a police records technician and a woman who graduated high school in 2015.
Southern California resident Chris Roybal, 28, died after he was shot in the chest, ABC Chicago station WLS reported. Roybal was a Navy war veteran who served in Afghanistan.
Hannah Ahlers, a 35-year-old mother of three from Murrieta, California, died after she was shot in the head, according to WLS.
Jordan McIldoon of Maple Ridge, British Columbia, was killed in the mass shooting, CTV reported.
Riverside Polytechnic High School in California confirmed that Angela Gomez, a former student who graduated in 2015, died in the shooting.
Lisa Romero, a discipline secretary at Miyamura High School in Gallup, New Mexico, also died in the attack, the school confirmed.
Rachel Parker was among two employees from California’s Manhattan Beach Police Department who were shot, according to a police press release. Parker, a records technician, died in the hospital, police said.
“She was employed with the Manhattan Police Department for 10 years and will be greatly missed,” the press release read. The other department employee who was shot — a sworn police officer — suffered minor injuries, police said.
Simi Valley Unified School District employee Susan Smith was also killed while attending the concert. Smith had worked at the Vista Elementary School in Simi Valley, California, for three years and the school district for 16 years, a spokesperson for the school district told ABC News.
Sonny Melton, R.N., was killed when a gunman opened fire on a music festival crowd from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, his employer, Henry County Medical Center in Paris, Tennessee, said. According to White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, he died shielding his wife, Dr. Heather Melton, who survived.
“When the bullets began raining down, Sonny shielded her from danger, giving up his life to save hers,” Sanders said at Monday’s press briefing.
Thomas Gee, CEO at Henry County Medical Center, said in a statement, âThe thoughts and prayers of the entire HCMC family are with Sonny and Heatherâs families.â
Heather Melton, an orthopaedic surgeon, told NBC affiliate WSMV her husband saved her life. “He saved my life. He grabbed me and started running when I felt him get shot in the back,” she said. “I want everyone to know what a kind-hearted, loving man he was, but at this point, I can barely breathe.”